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  • Noted teacher leaving West

    West Las Vegas music director Arnell David Arellanes was recently among a group of 15 teachers nationwide who were recognized at the national level in their respective fields.

    Now he’s leaving the school district.

    With a steady stream of recognition at the local, state and national levels, Arellanes has become a well-known and sought-after music director, He has announced that he has signed a contract with the private school, Sandia Prep, in Albuquerque.

  • Official back at work

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia, who is facing a felony charge in connection with a bar fight last week, is back on the job.

    Garcia, 44, was placed on paid administrative leave last week after city police responded to a fight at Legers bar late the night of April 13.

    According to police, witnesses reported that Garcia struck another bar patron with a beer bottle, and the two men fell into a booth while Garcia continued to hit the other man.

  • Woman's charges dismissed

    An employee of the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been cleared of child abuse charges.

    Justina Romero, 28, of Las Vegas had faced three counts of child abandonment or abuse of children. But a magistrate judge earlier this month dismissed those charges.

    The judge, John Sanchez, determined there wasn’t enough evidence to send the case to trial in state District Court.

  • Lawyer: Nothing criminal alleged

    The attorney for two village of Wagon Mound employees says her clients aren’t being investigated for any crimes.

    Nancy Ann Richards, the attorney, said in a statement that she had been advised by the village’s attorney that Wagon Mound is conducting an audit but that no one is alleging anything criminal with regard to the two employees.

    Richards said one employee had been reinstated with a reprimand and the other had received a notice of “contemplated action.” She said the reprimanded employee is filing a grievance.

  • West must cut budget by 4 percent

    The West Las Vegas school district has received the news about how much it will have to cut from its budget.

    West Business Manager Dawn Biagianti said the state has informed the district that it must trim 4 percent, or $527,491, from its operating budget.

    “This is probably the biggest cut I’ve ever had to deal with. This really hurts, and I know it’s very difficult. Until we had the final information from the Public Education Department, we weren’t sure exactly what the dollar amount would be,” Biagianti said at a recent board meeting.

  • Hospital rejects county request

    San Miguel County wants a seat on Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s advisory board, but the hospital has refused that request.

    The county, which has criticized the hospital’s handling of its labor union, sent a letter to Alta Vista last month, saying it wanted to join the board. The county said it is the only elected body in the area that makes direct payments to Alta Vista. The county has a tax designated for medical care for the very poor.

  • RHS lockdown a precautionary measure

    Robertson High School was on lockdown for 15 minutes before the end of the school day Thursday.

    It was the first lockdown at Robertson in at least two years, officials said.

    Police said they received a report that two people were in a scuffle at a Robertson High School parking lot and that one broke the other’s window.

    Someone heard that noise and thought it was a gunshot, so that person called the school. Principal Eddie King then ordered all students into the building and put the campus on lockdown.

  • Suspect to face more charges

    A District Court ruling last week means that a man accused of killing another in road-rage incident could get still more years in prison.

    Rich-ard Baca, 21, already faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the November killing of Benito Lemos, 22, in central Las Vegas. That charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

    In recent months, the district attorney’s office has wanted to add the charge of shooting at or from a vehicle resulting in death, with a maximum of 15 years in prison.

  • RHS school locked down

    Robertson High School was on lockdown for 15 minutes before the end of the school day.

    It was the first lockdown at Robertson in at least two years, officials said.

    Police said they received a report that two people were in a scuffle at a Robertson High School parking lot and that one broke the other's window.

    Someone heard that noise and thought it was a gunshot, so that person called the school. Principal Eddie King then ordered all students into the building and put the campus on lockdown.

  • College late in seeking money

    Luna Community College missed out on the chance of getting a more than $100,000 grant because it was late in asking for the money.

    By 35 minutes.

    For the last year, the college has handled a $110,000 grant for a program seeking to curb alcohol and tobacco use.

    Recently, the college created a thick packet seeking the same amount of funds for the next year.

    But Elaine Luna, Luna’s interim development director, didn’t turn in the grant until 5:35 p.m. March 22 in Santa Fe. The deadline was 5 p.m. that day.